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The Sound of Music at the Greenacres School

On Saturday January 30th and Sunday January 31st the Greenacres players, in conjunction with Kevin J. Kearins and KJK Productions, Inc., and the Greenacres PTA, performed the Sound of Music. In all, over 180 children grades 1-5 sang and dance there way into the hearts of their parents, grandparents and friends who came to watch. Everyone was a star.The major parts were all divided giving the maximum number of children the opportunity to be center stage in all there were 17 different Marias. Thanks to Greenacres' Moms; Robin Dillon, Erin Foster and Lauren Haller.


Dreamscapes: An Exhibit of Ard Berge's Work at Iona College

The exhibition DREAMSCAPES: New Works by Ard Berge is featured at the Brother Kenneth Chapman Gallery in the Iona College Arts Center opening on January 24th. The exhibition includes a series of twenty-six paintings and eight drawings through which Ard Berge imaginatively explores the American experience from global and historical perspectives.

Berge, a skilled portraitist, playfully and sardonically populates his canvases with a great American bison, an African peddler on the moon, a fairground on a desolate landscape, an Apache hero engulfed in the stars and stripes, and the White House on a camouflaged lawn. His pictorial realism is not literal but rather represents the whimsical visual reflections of one American’s responses to the world’s paradoxes. Some of these take the form of unexpected and ironical juxtapositions of subjects within the frame of a single canvas while others unfold in diptychs and triptychs. A striking quality of this body of work is the incongruity between the breadth of its subject matter and the exacting precision with which paint is applied to canvas to render these fantastical leaps of the mind in minute detail.

Ard Berge’s last show was at Art First Contemporary Art gallery in London. He has taught studio art and art history for the past ten years at Felician College in New Jersey.

The artist will hold a gallery tour on January 28th at noon. The show will close with a reception on February 25th from noon to 3:00 pm.


Gallery Hours:
Monday-Thursday: noon-5:00 pm
Thursday Evening: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Sunday: 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Brother Kenneth Chapman Gallery
Iona College Arts Center
665 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10801
(914) 637-7796
Gallery Director: Madalyn Barbero Jordan

I Want My HGTV!

So by now, you know where I am going with this, Cablevision customer that you probably are.  Because I am NOT A HAPPY CAMPER, people.  I woke up on January 1 of this bright New Year only to find that there was no more HGTV, there was no more Jamie Durie, or Curb Appeal, or Holmes.

There. Was. No. Dream. House.

How is a woman in upper middle class suburbia supposed to dream of a better life out west, due south, or far north, I ask you, without the New Year’s Day tour of her fantasy Dream House?  And how is she supposed to fall asleep at night without the soft lullaby of Suzanne Whang, host of “House Hunters” and the wildly popular spin-off, “House Hunters International?”

I’m not faring much better without my Food Network, thank you very much.  Not that you asked or cared.  I suppose you have your own troubles to deal with, what with your Emeril withdrawl (it racks you with “Bam!”) and your lack of Bobby Flay-vor.  Perhaps what ails you is Post Traumatic Iron Chef Disorder.  Me, I suffer from Ray’s Disease, an attack that has left me saying things like “Yum-O!” when meeting friends for lunch at the diner and “Could you pass the EVOO, please?” at dinnertime.  I find myself looking for Giada, Paula and Ina at school pick-up, and hoping to run into Mario in his orange clogs at the shoe store. 

I don’t miss Alton Brown all that much.  This fact does give me some comfort on these cold, lonely nights.  I haven’t completely lost it.
So now, instead of just crying into my Le Creuset cookware, I have been called to action in response to my disappointment.  I went online and voiced my opinion at the newly created fansites of “” and “”  I then paused to consider that this is more than I have done in support of (or complaint against) the new health care bill initiatives.  Which is pretty sad, but best kept for another article entirely.

I have not yet given up on Cablevision’s promise to get my stations back to me.  While I keep the weak flame from my metaphorical Bic lighter flickering in support of the Dream House, I must admit that I have had to surf the channels in order to find a replacement station. 
Everyone, repeat after me:  E!

It turns out that the entire Kardashian clan – found on E! Entertainment Television pretty much all night long – is more than just a little bit addictive.  Who are these people anyway, and what have they done to Bruce Jenner’s face?  Further, how is it possible to come up with so many girls’ names that start with K?  And does Kourtney’s beaux Scott remind anyone else of James Spader’s character Blaine from Pretty in Pink, (with the prepster look, misogynistic tendencies, and lockjaw), or is it just me?

Here’s hoping that contracts get worked out soon between Cablevision and Scripps Networks.  But if not, keep up with me and the Kardashians in an all-new season beginning Sunday, January 24th.

Columnist and blogger Julie Gerstenblatt is always "on the verge" of something.  She writes with humor and candor about her life in Scarsdale, her friends and family, and the particular demands of motherhood and wifedom in modern-day suburbia.  This week, she's in a "Purple Haze."  Read what she has to say here, and then follow her online at:

An Evening of Chamber Music at Hitchcock Church

The New Choral Society, now in its 16th season, will present “An Evening of Chamber Music” under the direction of Dr. John T. King, on Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 8 PM. The concert will take place at Hitchcock Presbyterian Church.

The all-professional orchestra made up of extraordinarily talented players who play regularly with the Metropolitan Opera orchestra, the NY Philharmonic and on Broadway, team up to present a program that will appeal to all! Featured soloists this year on the program are concertmaster Krystof Witek, violin, David Enlow, harpsichord, and Donna Elaine, flute, playing Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 5”. Soprano Anita Johnson will perform works by Mozart, Handel, Rachmaninoff, as well as Heitor Villa-Lobos’ “Bachianas brasileiras, No. 5” with William Anderson, classical guitarist.

For tickets and more information, visit or call the office at (914) 725-1678.

Martin Luther King to be Honored At Westchester Reform Temple

An evening to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, with Reverend Darin Moore of Mount Vernon, pianist and conductor Peter Malinverni, and the Soul Voices will be held on January 15th at 7:45 at Westchester Reform Temple. Reverend Moore, Pastor of Greater Centennial A.M.E. Zion Church in Mount Vernon, New York, will be the guest speaker.  The evening will also include a gospel music program and freedom songs from Soul Voices and pianist/conductor Pete Malinverni.

Reverend Moore has been the Pastor of Greater Centennial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church since 1993, and was raised in the Mount Vernon. A graduate of Livingstone College in North Carolina, Purchase College and Yale University’s School of Divinity, Reverend Moore served as National President of the Pre-Alumni Association of the United Negro College Fund.  He was President of the Mount Vernon Board of Education for two consecutive terms. Among his many appointments, he currently serves as President of the United Black Clergy of Westchester and is the Founding Chairperson for Save our Seed Ministries.  Co-author of “Body and Soul: Conversations with your Physician and Pastor,” Reverend Moore has had his sermons published in such publications as American Pulpit Magazine.

Also featured in the evening is a gospel music program led by WRT’s pianist and conductor, Pete Malinverni. Minister of Music since 1992 at the Devoe Street Baptist Church in Brooklyn, Malinverni has written for and directed the Devoe Street Baptist Choir.  In 2005, he recorded with the choir “Joyful,” a collection of his Gospel-inflected interpretation of the Psalms of David.  Four years ago at Purchase College, where he serves on the faculty, Malinverni founded the Soul Voices, an on-campus choir dedicated to exploring the music of the African-American culture.  In 2009, he released a recording of “The Good Shepherd Suite,” his work for Choir and Jazz Orchestra, featuring the Soul Voices. 

This event is free and open to the public at Westchester Reform Temple, located at 255 Mamaroneck Road in Scarsdale, NY.  For directions or information, call the Temple at 914-723-7727, email to, or visit the web at